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September 08, 2017

8th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (8th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 8th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • International Literacy Day is being observed today (8th September). 
    • This day was started by UNESCO on 17th November 1965.
    • Aim of this Day : To emphasize the importance of literacy to individuals, society and communities. 
    • Theme of International Literacy Day 2017 : ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.
  • Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today announced that India is going to help Myanmar in developing the crisis-hit Rakhine State.
    • Note : The Rakhine State has been the centre of violence between Myanmar's security forces and the Rohingya militants.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced that Russia is going to help Japan in its efforts to clean up the nuclear waste released due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
    • Both the nations have agreed to exchange information on experiments to get rid of the nuclear waste.
    • Note : The 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown is considered to be one of the largest in history.
  • The Mongolian Parliament today voted to oust Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat over alleged incompetence and corruption related to the signing of government contracts with companies linked to three Cabinet members. 
  • To show of solidarity with Myanmar, India today refused to be a part of Bali Declaration adopted at conclusion of World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held in Bali, Indonesia.
  • India’s zero-subsidy UJALA Scheme was launched in Melaka State of Malaysia by Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Union Ministry of Power.
    • UJALA - Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All)
National Current Affairs
  • The Indian Army has finalised plan to induct women in military police
    • The plan is seen as major step towards breaking gender barriers in force.
    • Under this plan 800 women will be inducted initially with yearly intake of 52.
  • The government has issued India’s first 'No-Fly List' rules with three levels of 'unruly' behaviour. 
    • Level 1 includes unruly verbal behaviour, for which passengers can be banned for up to 3 months. 
    • Level 2 includes physically abusive behaviour, inviting a ban of up to 6 months.
    • Level 3 includes life-threatening behaviour, inviting a minimum ban of 2 years.
  • HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today announced that the Indian government is going to start School Chalo Abhiyan from next year for students not going to schools.
Awards & Honors
  • The Vatican today declared Mother Teresa a Patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, 16 months after Pope Francis declared her a saint. 
    • Following this, Mother Teresa’s name will be mentioned whenever people under the archdiocese pray. 
    • Around 500 people attended the Mass where Mother Teresa's bronze statue was unveiled and she was declared the patron saint of Calcutta.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Pakistan's largest bank, Habib Bank, has been fined $225 million (over ₹1,400 crore) by the US for "grave" compliance failures over regulations concerning money laundering and terror financing.
    • It has also been ordered to shut down in the US.
  • The French government has announced that it is considering a draft proposal to ban the country's oil and gas production by 2040 .
    • Note : This will be the world's first such ban. onal consumption.
  • The CEO of Food regulator FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India), Pawan Kumar Agarwal today inaugurated Nestle's first food safety institute in India at Manesar, Haryana.
    • The Nestle Food Safety Institute will conduct training programmes on food safety management systems and testing methods.
Science & Technology
  • Elon Musk-led space exploration startup SpaceX today successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying US Air Force's secret X-37B orbital test vehicle. 
    • The mission marks the 13th launch of the Falcon 9 rocket this year and fifth for the US X-37B orbital test vehicle. 
  • South Korea today deployed four Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) rocket launchers amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, three days after it made the announcement.
  • World Bank provides 1100 crore rupees to Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) to undertake research work on agriculture this year.
New Appointments
  • The CMD of Express Group Viveck Goenka was today elected as Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI)
    • N Ravi, former editor-in-chief of The Hindu was elected vice-chairman.
  • Indian women's hockey team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne has been appointed Coach of the Men's National Team.
    • He replaces Roelant Oltmans, who was sacked earlier this week. Notably, 
  • Dronacharya Awardee Harendra Singh appointed as High Performance Specialist Coach for Indian Senior Women Hockey Team.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Young Indian wrestler Sonam Malik bagged a Gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Athens.
    • Another wrestler Neelam bagged the bronze Medal.
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